Governor’s Brucellosis Coordination Team meeting set in Greybull

  Updates about current brucellosis cases in cattle and bison herds in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho and other related information will be presented at the Governor’s Brucellosis Coordination Team meeting Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Greybull.

The public meeting is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Big Horn Weed and Pest Office, 4782 US-310.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will discuss its plan for surveillance for 2016-17 for hunter-harvested and feedground elk.

Other items include:

* A report on this summer’s brucellosis public educational meetings.
* University of Wyoming researchers will provide the latest information on their work.

* A brief update on an elk movement study ongoing in the Bighorn Mountains.

* A discussion of adult booster vaccination with RB51 vaccine in cattle.

For more information, contact Bruce Hoar, brucellosis coordinator at the University of Wyoming, at 307-766-3372 or at bhoar@uwyo.edu.

New publication encourages involvement in shaping local communities

UW researchers Jeffrey Hamerlinck and William Gribb provide information to help empower Wyoming citizens to become part of the land-use planning process in their local communities. Photo of Buffalo: Jess Kraft/Shutterstock
UW researchers Jeffrey Hamerlinck and William Gribb provide information to help Wyoming citizens join the land-use planning process in their local communities. Photo of Buffalo, Wyoming: Jess Kraft/Shutterstock

The purpose, process and benefits of local land use planning are described in a new publication available free from the Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative at the University of Wyoming.

“Local Government Land-Use Planning in Wyoming,” is the second in the Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative’s land use planning series and provides information to help citizens join the process in their local communities.

It can be downloaded at bit.ly/Landuseplan or www.uwyo.edu/haub. For a printed copy, email ruckelshaus@uwyo.edu or call 307 766-5146.

“The most effective land use planning is intentional and reflects the interests of local communities and their citizens,” said UW researcher Jeffrey Hammerlinck, who wrote the publication with fellow UW scientist William Gribb.

The authors said community organizations, private businesses, non-governmental organizations, individual citizens and others can be involved through all stages, and their input contributes to plans that represent the goals and visions of the community.

“Land use planning is integral to creating prosperous communities by shaping how towns and counties grow and develop,” said Hamerlinck.

He said he hopes the land use planning series prompts greater public involvement and pointed out the new publication provides concrete examples of how proactive planning has benefitted Wyoming communities.

The Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative is a collaborative effort of the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, the Department of Geography, University of Wyoming Extension and the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database.

The initiative supports Wyoming citizens’ conservation of open spaces through research, information, education and decision-making assistance. The research group considers agricultural sustainability, community planning and development, wildlife, and related cultural, economic and environmental issues of importance in Wyoming.

For more information, contact ruckelshaus@uwyo.edu or call 307 766-5146.

Wildlife and livestock interests to meet in Cody

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is the site of the conference dinner and behind-the-scenes natural history museum tour.
The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is the site of the conference dinner and behind-the-scenes natural history museum tour.

The public is invited to join Wyoming chapters of two national rangeland and wildlife organizations in Cody Nov. 15-17 for a joint meeting, workshops and field trips.

The Wyoming Section of the Society for Range Management and the Wyoming Chapter of The Wildlife Society come together at the Holiday Inn with an opening keynote address by Wyoming mammalogist Steven Buskirk. Also included are a film screening, science talks, poster session, workshops on field sketching and sage-grouse monitoring and a professional/amateur competition in plant identification and range management knowledge.

Conference registration is $40; the dinner Nov. 17 at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is $35 and membership in either organization is optional. Registration, banquet tickets, program descriptions and memberships are available at wytwsconference.org.

A special group rate is available at the Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn in Cody until October 28. See the conference website for details.

Two optional tours are scheduled, one of the Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center, providing behind-the-scenes views of collections facilities, laboratory and live raptor mews, and the other of The Nature Conservancy’s Heart Mountain Ranch, which is managed for livestock and wildlife that includes an active grizzly bear population.

Mae Smith, University of Wyoming Extension range management educator, notes sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are also available.

The Wildlife Society was founded in 1937 to inspire, empower and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife populations and habitats through science-based management and conservation. Members include scientists, managers, educators, and others who manage, conserve, and study wildlife populations and habitats, as well as students pursuing wildlife-related degrees and supporters who take action on wildlife and habitat issues.

The Society for Rangeland Management is the professional society for those committed to sustainable use of rangelands. The term rangeland encompasses a variety of open-space habitats for domestic animals and wildlife. According to the Society for Rangeland Management, this includes the largest remaining tracts of native plant communities in North America, encompassing deserts, grassland, shrublands and forest.

For more information, contact Smith at 307-765-2868 or maep@uwyo.edu or Holly Copeland at 307-335-2129 or hcopeland@tnc.org.

UW Extension hosts wildlife, rangeland research presentations at Pinedale BLM

Glenn Owings
Glenn Owings

Scientists will give wildlife and rangeland research information at free sessions in Pinedale 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10.

Presentations are open to the public. The University of Wyoming Extension is hosting the program at the BLM Rendezvous Room in the Pinedale Field Office, 1625 W. Pine, said extension educator Glenn Owings.
Invited topics and speakers include:

* “Wildlife and Rangelands, Intersecting Disciplines,” Owings.

* Update on Boreal Toad Research,” Gabe Barrile, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit.

* “Wildlife: Livestock Dietary and Spatial Overlap Research,” Derek Scasta, range specialist, UW Extension.

* “Endangered Species Act, Current and Potential Listing Considerations,” Gary Beauvais, director, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database.

* “Greater Sage-Grouse Geophagy in the Upper Green River Basin,” Josh Hemenway, Dale Woolwine, BLM.

No RSVP is necessary, said Owings. Call or email Owings at 307-367-4380 or gowings@uwyo.edu for more information.

Ranch, range symposium includes management during drought, livestock research

wasatch_7141Ranch management for drought, beef cattle feed efficiency and sustainable livestock production research are among topics at the Northeast Wyo Range and Livestock Symposium in Sundance Tuesday, Oct. 25.

All sessions are at the Crook County School District central administrative office building at 108 N. 4th St. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with sessions until 4:15 p.m. Lunch is provided.

Lusk ranchers Sage and Faith Askin begin the sessions by offering lessons learned from starting with little equity and not owning land to building a sizeable livestock enterprise, said Blake Hauptman, UW Extension educator.
Other morning sessions cover estate planning, and extension educators and specialists will discuss the financial and environmental implications of drought and strategies to help producers survive through drought conditions.

Afternoon sessions include details of recent sheep and cattle research at UW. Topics are nutrition, parasites, plant selection and feed efficiency.
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